I want to share a few things that have been on my heart lately.

The story begins with Elizabeth, a 23 year old woman whose husband lost his battle with cancer over Christmas. They have a 3 yr. old and 1 yr. old. This has deeply impacted my life and my heart grieves with her daily. At the funeral I heard stories about his life and I cried throughout the entire service. During a slideshow presentation, there was a video feed from her husband with final words to their daughter and son—it was the saddest thing I have ever witnessed. The strong love that this couple had for each other was apparent to all. They longed to have more time with each other and to grow old together. This has really made me think about marriage, commitment and love.

I honestly can’t imagine losing my husband and raising my kids alone. It made me reflect on just how much I treasure my husband and appreciate all he does for me and for our children. We never know what a day will hold and we need to cherish every moment.

I try to be a positive and encouraging wife but we all know how easy it is to slip into the “nagging” wife syndrome.Proverbs 12:4 says, “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones”. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be this kind of wife. It is so important that we are a joy to our husbands and not a disgrace.

Sadly this past week, I have found out about two couples in their 20’s who are in the middle of a divorce. These are great people who all started out with wonderful marriages. Marriage is hard work! Add a toddler or two into the mix and it makes marriage even harder!!

Women, join with me today in working hard to cultivate our marriages; to demonstrate love and respect to our husbands; to appreciate them; to treasure every moment we have with them. I don’t want ANY of us to become a sad statistic.

Continually pray for your husband, encourage him and love on him. I am not a fan of making New Year’s Resolutions, but I do think it is important to have goals. So ladies, let’s make it a goal in 2013 to treat our husbands with immense love and gratitude…. as if it were their last year here on this earth!!

Suzanne has been married to Joe (J.R.) since 1996. She is the mother of three spectacular boys. Suzanne is actively involved in her church by mentoring young women and moms.

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